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As a photographer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jeffrey Bell was frequently tapped to work on high-profile cases. Between 1991 and 2000 he was deployed throughout the United States and abroad to photograph matters involving terrorism, forensics, counterintelligence, and emergency response. But according to a lawsuit Bell, a 43-year-old with Tourette’s syndrome, filed recently in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, all that changed after an incident stemming from his disorder led to retaliation from his employer. Bell’s trial is expected to start this week. Court papers filed by Bell’s attorney, Edith Marshall of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, state that Bell was taking a new medication to control his Tourette’s when he became involved in a verbal altercation with a co-worker. Bell explained that the outburst was a side effect of his medicine, but he claims he was treated differently from that point on because of his Tourette’s, a neurological disorder that can cause involuntary tics and vocalizations as well as obsessive-compulsive tendencies and hyperactivity. Bell alleges that because of his Tourette’s he was regarded as a “problem personality” and often blamed for any workplace conflict that occurred. In November 2000 he filed a discrimination complaint, and soon after, he claims, his supervisors retaliated by unfairly reassigning him to an entry-level position involving camera cleaning and inventory. But government lawyers representing the FBI argue Bell’s reassignment was a lateral move, not punishment. In fact, they claim Bell had complained about his supervisor and requested reassignment. Jury selection is set for Jan. 5 before Judge John Bates.
Sarah Kelley can be contacted at [email protected].

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